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Royal Oak Historical Museum curator’s resignation brings tribute

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Source: The Oakland Press

The Royal Oak Historical Society’s Museum was once housed in a large schoolroom two decades ago, but that changed after recently retired museum curator Muriel Versagi and other volunteers took action.

With years of effort, the historical society museum moved into an empty 1927 fire station at 1411 W. Webster in 2010.

Versagi, 89, stepped down as curator back in July. But historical society members celebrated her years of service Tuesday at an event at Royal Oak First, a United Methodist Church on Seventh Street.

Read more: https://www.theoaklandpress.com/2023/10/15/royal-oak-historical-museum-curators-resignation-brings-tribute/

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How a Florence art-gallery curator is defending Michelangelo’s ‘David’ from parodist slings and arrows

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Source: Market Watch

Michelangelo’s “David” has been a towering figure in Italian culture since its completion in 1504. But in the current era of the quick buck, curators worry the marble statue’s religious and political significance is being diminished by the thousands of refrigerator magnets and other souvenirs sold around Florence focusing, as often as not, on the David’s private parts.

The Galleria dell’Accademia de Firenze’s director, Cecilie Hollberg, has positioned herself as the David’s defender since her arrival at the museum in 2015, taking swift aim at those profiteering from his image, often in ways she finds “debasing.”

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-a-florence-art-gallery-curator-is-defending-michelangelos-david-from-parodist-slings-and-arrows-50356498

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Remembering Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art curator and art scholar

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Source: The Dallas Morning News

Anne Bromberg, a respected art scholar who worked at the Dallas Museum of Art as a lecturer, educator and curator for nearly six decades, died Dec. 8, 2023, at her home in Highland Park, according to her obituary.

She was 87.Bromberg was named curator emerita at the DMA in 2020 after serving as the curator of ancient and Asian art. She started at the museum in 1962 as a lecturer and became the head of the education department in 1975. In 1989, she moved into a curatorial role where she became a key player in developing the museum’s Asian holdings.

“I think Anne really opened a vista for those of us living in Dallas in those years of the ‘70s and ‘80s at the art museum with her,” said Gail Thomas, co-founder and former director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and founder and former CEO of the Trinity Trust Foundation.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2024/03/27/remembering-anne-bromberg-dallas-museum-of-art-curator-and-art-scholar/

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Art Comes to Life through Students’ Collaboration and Partnership with the Center for the Arts

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Source: The Wesleyan University

Loren Yuehan Wang ’25 is one of four student-curators whose projects about the history of student artistic practice at Wesleyan, “SUM OF ITS PARTS,” are on display in the Class of 1928 Vitrines, located on the first floor of the Library through April 21. And Wang’s mixed media artwork is on display in the exhibition “Exploding and Netting: A Somatic Archive of Transpacific Movement” in the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center through May 25.

“These two feel quite connected,” Wang said of their work in the two archives. “It’s a new possibility for the future.”

A prolific young artist, Wang has more work for the Wesleyan community to enjoy. Their current work in “Exploding and Netting” is a response to what they found in the art and archival collection. It includes combining a floor covered in 15 buckets of dirt, gathered from the shore of the Connecticut River, near the Portland brownstone quarries, placed below a video projection of Wang’s filmed travels, including oceanic travel and trips to railways in New York, Utah, New Mexico, and California.

Read more: https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2024/03/25/art-comes-to-life-through-students-collaboration-and-partnership-with-the-center-for-the-arts/

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